Farmers Market opens with early crowd

The early bird got the berries.

And the caramel scones sold out within the first hour.

By 10 a.m., there weren’t many Mother’s Day bouquets left.

It was a good morning for the Winchester-Clark County Farmers Market on Depot Street.

“Oh, my gosh, I’m so excited,” said Amanda Ayres, who visited the market on its first Saturday of the season to buy homemade bread and other goods. She had been looking forward to opening day, “It’s beautiful day and there are lots of people here,” she said.

“It’s been busy,” Craig Stotts of My Father’s Garden, who had sold out of breakfast burritos by 10. “We had strawberries, but one person bought them all.”

Keith Green, an apiarist, had been pleased with his honey sales.

“There’s been a good crowd here,” he said.

Julie Staton, the market president, said that this early in the spring, most of what is for sale at the market is finished, or value-added products, such as baked goods and crafts. But visitors can also expect to find early crops such as strawberries, asparagus and lettuces.

And there was plenty of cooked food, including Fink Meats’ lamb sliders, and for lunch, Kentucky Farm Bureau was grilling hamburgers and hot dogs to raise money for the market, which is expected to have a covered pavilion by the end of summer.

Staton said the market has 29 vendors this year who have paid their dues and filled out their applications. Probably close to 20 of them were there Saturday, including some new ones like Back Forty, which sells soaps named for Winchester streets and Clark County roads, and The Backcountry Baking Co., which started in Creative Coffees Roastery.

“We sold out of scones by 9 o’clock; that was our best seller, but we’ve got plants and crafts. We’ve done great,” said Cheslea Colley, who was running the bakery’s booth with her sister Charity.

Maybe it was the sunny skies or the anticipation of something different to do on a Saturday, but most of those who came to the market came early.

“About 8:30, it was swamped, and there were lines everywhere,” Staton said. “We had a pretty big crowd between 8:30 and 10:30, but about 10 o’clock, it started thinning out.”

Staton said it was a successful opening day.

“I think everybody’s positive about the market being open,” she said. “It’s something good to do outdoors.”

About Randy Patrick

Randy Patrick is a reporter for Bluegrass Newsmedia, which includes The Jessamine Journal. He may be reached at 859-759-0015 or by email at randy.patrick@bluegrassnewsmedia.com.

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